Betgen de Haze (d. 1559)

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Betgen (Betken, Betjen), official name Betgen de Haze, an Anabaptist martyr, a native of Ghent, Belgium, and unmarried, was seized at Antwerp for her faith in 1559. She was drowned at the Steen prison in Antwerp on 28 June 1559, together with two other martyrs, Mariken Fransse and Neelken Jacobs. All attempts to make Betgen and her companions forsake their faith failed. A pitiful detail of Betgen's bitter troubles was that her cleerkens (garments) had been sold on 10 May. Betgen's name is also found in a song of the Liedtboecxken van den Offer des Heeren (No. 16): "Aenhoort Godt, hemelsche Vader" (Give ear, O God, heavenly Father). These martyrs were, however, not sisters by birth, as the English Martyrs Mirror seems to indicate.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1953

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